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SUNDAY SCREENING: ‘NATO’s Secret Armies’

21st Century Wire says…

This is the latest installment of our new weekly SUNDAY SCREENING feature, where our editorial team curates a documentary film for our 21WIRE audience.

“NATO ‘s Secret Armies” was a made-for-TV documentary released in 2009 by Miramonte Films tells a story about NATO’s notorious secret ‘stay behind’ operation designed to be a back-stop resistance against the prospect of occupying Soviet forces in Western Europe. Secret Armies is a much more mainstream study than the BBC’s “Operation GLADIO” (1992), but does offer some stunning revelations detailing how covert operatives were recruited and trained by the CIA and MI-6 and coordinated by NATO’s intelligence department. Eventually this top-secret network became involved in some of the worst activities imaginable on European soil: fixing elections, political assassinations, coups against democratically elected governments, and in what can only be described as acts of terrorism, which cost the lives of hundreds of Europeans. Watch:


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Released: UK 2009
Length: 52 min
Director: Andreas Pichler
Written by: Vania del Borgo, Nadia Hall, Andreas Pichler
Produced by: MIR CINEMATOGRAFICA for HISTORY CHANNEL UK, HISTORY CHANNEL Italy/Spain/Germany, TSI Suisse

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